The People is reporting today that Joe Kinnear is on lucrative terms at Newcastle United, in his role as interim manager.
Joe Kinnear – not really getting as much as regular Newcastle manager
Sport of the World says that Kinnear will get a basic £20K for every game he oversees, with another £15K as a win bonus, and £10K for a draw. Well we’re not sure that’s too lucrative because our last two managers, Allardyce and Keegan, were on £3M a year.
Since we’re not in Europe, say we have around 40 competitive games a season – so that’s around £75K a game win, lose or draw.
It means, if it’s true of course, which is always dubious with some Sunday papers, that Joe has made £80K in his 3 games in charge up till now.
But in any case Joe has to pick up a win on Tuesday night against WBA. By his own admission it’s now a must win game. We did not play badly against Sunderland yesterday, and the determination was there, but on the day Sunderland probably deserved the points.
So what do we do now?
We move on and try to take our anguish out of a mediocre WBA side, and if we can get a win on Tuesday night, things will lighten up considerably, and we may be even to get something out of our next home game against Aston Villa, the following Monday evening.
The good thing is that we played so much better yesterday, than we were playing before Joe arrived, and although we lost and yes, that’s a disaster, the team nevertheless shows signs of playing almost up to their potential.
Now’s not the time to be too hard on the players or Joe, because they have made significant improvement since Joe came on board in what was always going to be a testing job for anybody.
Players are coming into some consistent form and Coloccini was again outstanding at the back for Newcastle yesterday, and is starting to look the player we know he is. And local lad Ameobi didn’t have too bad a game either, scoring a great goal for the second time in as many days.
We’re lucky that we have a chance to put the Sunderland loss behind us on Tuesday night, and with Barton and Gutierrez fit again Joe will see compeititon for places, and that has to be a good thing.
We must take this chance of all 3 points – anything less will set alarm bells ringing.